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Overall rating 8/10

If you ever look at enthusiast motherboards and think you'll never need the abundance of features, you will want to see what the ASUS A8R-MVP can do for you. The A8R-MVP is ASUS' mid-range CrossFire ready motherboard with a surprise - The ATI CrossFire Xpress 1600 chipset.

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Product Specification

Processor Support and Chipset Type
  • Processor Support:
    • Supports AMD socket 939 Athlon 64 CPU
    • Supports AMD socket 939 Athlon 64 FX CPU
    • Supports AMD Cool 'n' Quiet Technology
  • Chipset Type:
    • Northbridge: ATI CrossFire Xpress 1600 (RD480)
      • Bi-directional 1GHz (2000MT/s) HyperTransport interface to processor
      • Supports 1x PCIe x16 or 2x PCIe x8 graphics interface
    • Southbridge: ULi M1575
      • Intel High Definition Audio
      • Supports up to four PCI Express x1 lanes
      • Supports up to seven PCI v2.3 slots
      • Supports up to eight USB 2.0 ports
      • Supports four SATA 3.0Gbps ports (with RAID 0, 1, 0+1 and 5 capabilities)
      • Dual-channel Ultra ATA-100 IDE port
  • Dual channel memory architecture integrated into processor
  • Four 184-pin DDR DIMM sockets
  • Supports 2.5v DDR SDRAM DIMM modules
  • Supports up to 4GB using PC1600 (DDR200), PC2100 (DDR266), PC2700 (DDR333) and PC3200 (DDR400) unbuffered DDR SDRAM DIMM
  • ULi M1575 Southbridge
    • 4 x Ultra ATA 33/66/100/133 (data transfer rate up to 133MB/sec.)
    • 4 x Serial ATA 3.0Gbps interface
    • Supports SATA RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 0+1, RAID 5
  • Intel High Definition Audio (Azalia)
  • Analog Devices SoundMAX AD1986A HD Audio CODEC
Networking Marvell Yukon 88E8001 PCI Gigabit LAN
FireWire (IEEE 1394)
  • Texas Instruments TSB43AB22A FireWire controller
  • 2 x 1394a ports @ 400 Mbps speed
Rear I/O
  • 4 x USB 2.0 ports
  • 1 x FireWire ports
  • 1 x RJ45 LAN port
  • 6-Channel Audio I/O ports
  • Coaxial S/PDIF Output
  • 1 x 9-pin serial port
  • 1 x parallel port
  • 1 x mini-DIN-6 PS/2 mouse port
  • 1 x mini-DIN-6 PS/2 keyboard port
Internal Connectors
  • 1 x Floppy connector
  • 2 x Ultra ATA IDE connectors
  • 4 x SATA connectors
  • 4 x USB 2.0 ports (2 x bracket, 2 x header)
  • 1 x FireWire ports ( bracket)
  • 1 x CD-IN
  • 1 x Game/MIDI port (header)
Expansion Slots
  • 2 x PCIe x16 slots, PCI Express Bus specification v1.0a compliant
  • 1 x PCIe x1 slots, PCI Express Bus specification v1.0a compliant
  • 3 x 32-bit PCI slots, PCI 2.3 compliant
Other Features
  • ASUS PEG Link
  • CrashFree BIOS 2
  • CPU Parameter Recall (C.P.R)
Form Factor ATX Form Factor, 12"x 9.6"(30.5cm x 24.4cm)

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